Biomechanics

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Calculations may get to the heart of disease

BME professor and vascular surgeon Alberto Figueroa is exploring ways to use advanced computing and blood flow models to assess cardiovascular disease.

Structure, function & systems

Our early biomechanics advances were inspired by biomedical devices like the Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) technology developed by Michigan pediatric surgeon Robert Bartlett in the 1970s. Facilities like the College of Engineering’s Center for Ergonomics help our faculty model the stresses produced in certain situations. But today’s biomechanics research also takes place inside the body, at scales that range from the whole system to the cellular and molecular. Projects include:

  • State-of-the-art blood flow simulation
  • An implantable artificial lung
  • A smartphone-based balance trainer to help people overcome balance problems

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